Karen K. Gaunt


Karen leads the firm’s branding and advertising practice. She counsels clients on both transactional and litigation matters involving all aspects of domestic and international trademark and branding matters, copyright, advertising, Internet, licensing, promotions and marketing matters. Karen also assists her clients with all aspects of anti-counterfeiting matters involving investigation and pursuit of counterfeiters, and removal of counterfeit goods from the marketplace.

She provides her clients with holistic advice on brand development, strategic positioning, protection and enforcement, for both iconic and developing brand identities. Her core philosophy in representing her clients is that there is no “one size fits all” approach, and that every brand needs and deserves a thoughtful and tailored strategy to brand development that aids and enhances the brand’s overall growth.

Karen has represented such national brand owners as The Procter & Gamble Company, an industry leader in home audio systems, a large regional bank and other well-known brand owners in the luxury eye wear, music, health care and toy industries.

She also negotiates licensing, independent contractor, outsourcing, entertainment, sponsorship and talent agreements, and also litigates in these areas. She has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in numerous trademark and copyright cases, in both state and federal court. She frequently gives seminars around the country on various intellectual property issues.

Karen has received numerous awards and honors, including recognition from World Trademark Review’s WTR 1,000 where she was recognized for her leadership skills and responsiveness, as well as for strategic counseling in transactional and enforcement matters.


  • University of Cincinnati College of Law  (J.D., 1997)
  • Denison University  (B.A., cum laude, 1993)
    • History & English

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan


  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • International Trademark Association
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Intellectual Property Law Association (Cincy IP), board member 
  • Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers, Class IX,  fellow (2005)
  • University Club, Board of Governors, Speaker Series Committee co-chair
  • Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding & Horsemanship, Board of Trustees
  • Birthright, Inc., Advisory Board, Board of Directors (2004 - 2006)


  • Best Lawyers© 
    • "Lawyer of the Year" in Cincinnati for Litigation - Intellectual Property (2016)
    • "Lawyer of the Year" in Cincinnati for Copyright Law (2013, 2015, 2018, 2020)
    • Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark Law (2021)
  • Chambers USA®: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Intellectual Property (2008 - 2020)
    • Up And Coming (2006 - 2007)
  • Ohio Super Lawyers® (2012 - 2020)
  • Ohio Rising Stars® (2005 - 2006, 2011)
  • Cincy Leading Lawyer by Cincy Magazine
  • World Trademark Review’s edition of WTR 1000 (2014 - 2015); Silver tier (2016 - 2019); Gold tier (2020)
  • Honored by the National Law Journal in its Counsel to Counsel category (2014)